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Via Paula Kun of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education:

 

In celebration of National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1-7) and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) wants you to know that physically active youth are healthy and ready to learn.

Academic achievement is just one of the many reasons to encourage our youth to become physically active. According to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), substantial evidence suggests that physical activity can be associated with improved academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores.

Whether you are a parent, principal, superintendent, school board member, legislator or concerned citizen, you have a role to play in helping our youth become active and in making quality physical education and physical activity a reality in your local school. Check out our new initiative called Let’s Move in School to learn about ways to increase physical activity before, during and after school.

Every child deserves opportunities to be physically active. A Physically active lifestyle helps build strong bones and muscles and will decrease the likelihood of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Physical activity also promotes positive mental health, resulting in not only increased health, but happiness as well.